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P.E.T.I.S.O.S

The Need


P.E.T.I.S.O.S. began its work in 2002 with the primary objective of preventing and eradicating child labor through a variety of direct interventions with child laborers, their families and the community. 

Working with a team of professional psychologists, P.E.T.I.S.O.S. uses a community-based approach to provide programs from their "Casa Abierta" ("Open House") headquarters. They also run campaigns about children's rights and the eradication of child labor.

Funds channeled through One World support P.E.T.I.S.O.S. to provide children with:

  • Training in academic and life skills.
  • Access to healthcare and professional psychological support.
  • Educational and free-time activities such as music, painting and games.
  • Daily food supplements and a place to be.

 

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The Mission


Fundación P.E.T.I.S.O.S. exists to prevent the abuse of children's rights. By working with children and adolescents in vulnerable situations, P.E.T.I.S.O.S. seeks to reclaim and restore their violated rights. P.E.T.I.S.O.S. uses a comprehensive and interdisciplinary approach, drawing upon a diverse network of resources and support to achieve these goals.


The Impact


P.E.T.I.S.O.S. currently serves over 400 children with daily food supplements, education and training, family support, and access to healthcare. Children have increased their school attendance, improved their academic performance and improved their technical knowledge in music and arts workshops.

Furthermore, children have shown strong personal growth. They have become better at managing their problems, with a noticeable decrease in verbal and physical aggression.  They value having a space for learning and enhancing their capabilities.

P.E.T.I.S.O.S. works with 2 community centers, 10 schools, 4 psychologists, and has reintegrated more than 500 children into school.

Ages: 5-25

Focus: Education, Child labor

Notable achievements: There has been a noticeable reduction in the number of children out of school, which decreased to 0% for the first time in 2012.


The People


  • Executive Director: Elena Durón
  • Champions: Sharmon Hilfinger & Luis Trabb-Pardo


Other Information



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